August 3, 2018

Meet Tess Trinka - Bowdoin Women's Tennis

Tess Trinka - Bowdoin Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

Perhaps no member of Bowdoin's Class of 2018 took advantage of the liberal arts experience more than Tess Trinka.

The consummate student-athlete, Trinka arrived at Bowdoin as an un-recruited tennis player and developed into a multiple-time All-American while participating in an astonishing number of campus activities. As a result, she was recognized with two of the highest honors given by the College and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

One of the finest tennis players in Bowdoin's history, Trinka earned numerous All-American and All-NESCAC honors while finishing among the top players in total victories in program history. Off the court, she was a biology major and music minor who was a Sarah & James Bowdoin Scholar, a two-time captain of the tennis team, a Head Proctor for Residential Life and a member of a cappella group Ursus Verses. Additionally Trinka participated in numerous volunteer activities, including helping to organize a tennis tournament in Chicago (Mary Diaz and William Copeland, Jr. Memorial Tournament) which has raised over $600,000 for the Mary Diaz Pancreatic Cancer Fund.

Upon graduation, Trinka was awarded Bowdoin's Michael Francis Micchiche III Award, given annually to that individual who embodies the entire Bowdoin experience; who engages the College community, achieves academic excellence, and earns the respect of his or her peers and professors. She was also the recipient of the Athletic Department's Anne L.E. Dane Award For Outstanding Leadership.

Her accomplishments were also acknowledged by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, who tabbed Trinka with one of its most distinguished honors: the Division III ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The prestigious honor is given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. The award takes into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors. Sportsmanship, leadership, and character are important criteria, as is giving back to the community.

Trinka acknowledges the impact that collegiate athletics has had on her life: "“My participation in athletics has given me the ability to be independent and to advocate for myself, to be resilient, and to push through obstacles," she says. "I can deal with adversity much better now than ever before."